Harold AllansonHarold Allanson, SFCA, TWSA, holds a life-long interest in drawing and painting, but was unable to fully express his talent until taking early retirement eighteen years ago. Since then it’s allowed him the luxury of being able to paint for several hours most days.

His realistic watercolours are representative of his life experiences and observations, often depicting working friends, people he’s met, their lives and their jobs. The west Coast of BC where he lives, the ranch lands of the interior where he grew up, and those thirty-five years spent as a long haul trucker provides him with a first hand knowledge for his paintings.

Harold’s bold, realistic work expresses strong composition, use of colour and light, that’s generally not seen in most watercolour paintings. He paints for his personal enjoyment and in doing so hopes others viewing his work will find pleasure as well.

 

 


ASSOCIATIONS

  • FCA Retreat Consultant, current, since 2015
  • FCA Chair, Gabriola Workshop Committee September 2009 - 2011
  • FCA 2nd Vice President 2008 - 2010
  • FCA Education Committee, member 2008-2009
  • Organizing Director FCA Bamfield Retreat, and Show Oceans of Art II 2008/9
  • FCA Nanaimo Chapter, lifetime member
    • Current Past President
    • President 2003/2004, and 2013/2014
    • Chair Chapter Workshops 2003-2005, 2007-2009
  • Festival Gabriola Arts Council, Board of Directors, Member, 2003-2005, lifetime member

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA), Honourary lifetime signature member (SFCA)
  • National Watercolour Association (NWA), member
  • Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPW), member
  • Transparent Watercolour Society of America (TWSA), signature member (TWSA)
  • International Guild of Realism

 

RECENT SHOWS

  • Sidney Fine Arts Show October 2016 “October Morning Fog” and “Red Willows"
  • FCA Paint By Numbers fund raiser show, September 2016
  • FCA’s 75th ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION, Honourable Mention Award “Never To Young, September 2016
  • TWSA Exhibition Kenosha WI., Irving Shapiro Founders Award for “Gathering”, June 2016
  • Nanaimo FCA Fine Art Show June 2016 "October Morning Fog” and “Never to Young"
  • TNSC Open Show(Thompson, Nicola, Shuswap Chapter) Kamloops April 2014
  • Western Art and Gear Show March 14-16 2014
  • TWSA 37th National Exhibition May-July 2013
  • TNSC FCA Open Show (Thompson, Nicola, Shushap, Chapter) Kamloops April 2013
  • 3rd. Biennale ADA Madrid Spain March - April 2013
  • FCA Spilsbury Medal Show December 2012
  • FCA 2nd Annual AIRS SHOW October 2011
  • IGOR 7th Annual Juried Exhibition, Carmel, CA, September 7 - 31, 2012
  • TWSA 36TH National Exhibition, May-August, 2012
  • TNSC FCA Open Show (Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter), Kamloops, April 2012
  • FCA Painting by Numbers, 2011
  • TWSA 35TH National Exhibition, May-July, 2011
  • TNSC FCA Open Show (Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter), Kamloops, April 2011
  • FCA Spilsbury Medal Show, Granville Island, December 2010
  • FCA 1st Annual AIRS Show, October 2010
  • FCA Painting by Numbers, 2010
  • TWSA 34TH National Exhibition, June 2010
  • CSPW Show, Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam, March 2010
  • FCA Success Show, Granville Island, March 2010

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  • FCA Painting by Numbers, 2009
  • TNSC Open Show Kamloops, April 2009 (Thompson Nicola Shuswap FCA Chapter)
  • FCA Spilsbury Medal Show Granville Island December 2008
  • Nanaimo Cultural Capital 2008, Artists of Momentum Show, November 2008
  • FCA Nanaimo Chapter Summer Juried Show, May 2008
  • FCA Nanaimo Chapter Autumn Light Show October 2007
  • All Island Show, Island Perspectives Show, at Malaspina UC, Director in Charge, Nanaimo, June, 2005
  • Bamfield Marine Science Centre, Oceans of Art Show, Nanaimo Art Gallery, 2005 & 2009
  • FCA Here and There Fall Show, Oct. 2004
  • FCA Paintings by Numbers fund raising dinner, Granville Island, Contributing Artist, Oct. 2004
  • FCA Nanaimo Chapter, Dorchester Juried Spring Show, May 2004
  • FCA Nanaimo Chapter Show, Close to Home, Nanaimo Art Gallery (juried), June-July, 2004
  • Solo Show Artworks Gabriola 2004
  • FCA Dorchester Juried Spring Show, April 10-12, 2003
  • FCA Juried Art Exhibition, Rogues Gallery, Sept. 2002
  • FCA Spring Open Watercolour Show, Granville Island, 2002
  • FCA June Juried Show, Granville Island, 2002
  • Solo Show, Things I've Seen, Gabriola Artworks, 2001

 

AWARDS

  • FCA’s 75th ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION, Honourable Mention Award “Never To Young", September 2016
  • TWSA Kenosha WI Irving Shapiro Founders Award for “Gathering”, June 2016
  • FCA DISTINCTIVE ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, May 2016
  • Exhibition Award for "Split Second Times Square" at the 33rd Annual Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, August 8 - October 5, 2014, Old Forge, NY.
  • First Place and Peoples Choice Awards for “First Steps” at the Western Art and Gear Show in Kamloops March 2014
  • TWSA 37th National Exhibition, May-July 2013, Founders Award
  • 3rd Place, "Halibut Catcher" 36th Annual TWSA Exhibition, 2012
  • Awarded Signature Status, TWSA Transparent Watercolour Society of America, 2012
  • 1st Place "Halibut Catcher" 2nd Annual FCA AIRS Show, October 2011
  • People's Choice Award "Lifting Fog Port Alberni", Transparent Watercolor Society of America 35th Exhibitio, May 2011
  • Garage Award "Chicago at a Glance", Federation of Canadian Artists Garage Awards, October 12-13, 2010
  • 2nd Place, "Red Snapper", Transparent Watercolour Society of America 34th National Exhibition, May-July, 2010.
  • 3rd Place "Herring Catch" Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour show Western Streams, March 2010
  • Awarded Senior Signature Status, Federation of Canadian Artists, (SFCA) March 2010

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  • Daniel Smith Award - "Red Snapper" - $2000 product award at the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour 'Open Water 2009' in Calgary, September 2009.
  • Silver Medal Award of Excellence and cash prize - "Calling For Rain" - Thompson-Nicola-Shuswap National Open FCA Show 2009
  • People's Choice Award, "Calling For Rain", TNS National Open FCA Show 2009
  • Award of Excellence - "Red Snapper" - FCA Spilsbury Metal Show Granville Island December 2008
  • Honourable Mention FCA Nanaimo Chapter Show Summer Juried Show May 2008
  • Award of Excellence FCA Nanaimo Chapter Show Autumn Light III October 2007
  • Honourable Mention FCA Nanaimo Chapter Show Autumn Light III October 2007
  • Award of Excellence, FCA, Here and There Fall Show, Oct. 2004
  • Awarded Associate Status, Federation of Canadian Artists, (AFCA), Mar. 2003.
  • Juror's Choice Award, FCA, Dorchester Juried Spring Show, Apr. 10-12, 2003.
  • Award of Excellence, FCA Juried Art Exhibition, Rogues Gallery, Sept. 2002.
  • Honourable Mention, FCA Juried Art Exhibition, Rogues Gallery, Sept. 2002.
  • Award of Excellence, FCA 60th Anniversary Nanaimo Chapter Show, July-Sept. 2001.
  • Honourable Mention, FCA 60th Anniversary Nanaimo Chapter Show, July-Sept. 2001.

 

PUBLICATIONS

  • “Branding Dry Lake” cover for 2016-2017 BC Livestock Brand Book.
  • "First Steps" cover for 2014-2015 BC Livestock Brands Book.
  • Art for an Oil-Free Coast, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, 2012
  • American Artists Watercolor Magazine, Summer 2012
  • Watercolor Artists Magazine, Feature, February 2011
  • American Watecolor Artists Magazine, September 2010
  • Nanaimo Culture Capital 2008 Artists of Momentum catalogue
  • FCA Paintings by Numbers Catalogue 2004, 2009 & 2011
  • International Artist Magazine, Vol. 39, October/November, 2004, p.138.
  • Cruising For Cowards, Romany Publishing, Liza & Andy Copeland, 1997,
    illustrated by Harold Allanson

 

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